Saturday, June 7, 2014

Analyzing the run off issues #2

When is something significant, and when should politicians be recognizing it?

There are elements on both the Left and the Right which are calling for constitutional amendments to fix a broken something or other in the country's governance.

On the Right, there is  the Convention of States Project, which is seeking to amend the Constitution to take away powers from the Federal government. On the Left there is the movement to amend the Constitution to overturn the the Citizens United case. Regarding the latter, yesterday I received an email from Rootstrikers reporting that Vermont has just become the first state to call for a constitutional convention to reverse Citizen's United. (The email is reproduced below.)

In my campaign, I thought these efforts and advocacy from both the Left and the Right were something significant, and I tried to call attention to the matter. The other six candidates would not address the matter expressly one way or the other. Regardless of how hard I tried to get them to comment, they would not say expressly either, yes, this is significant and worthy of discussion for the benefit of the voters, or, no, this is not of any significance and does not warrant discussion for the benefit of the voters.

Without more from the other candidates, one would have to conclude from their non-responsiveness that their view was that the efforts and advocacy being made on both the Left and the Right are of no significance related to the country's governance and don't even bear mentioning.

As I continue on my soapbox during the run off  election campaign period, we will see whether DeMarco or Palmer can be drawn out to comment.

From: Melanie Jones <>
Date: Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 9:41 PM
Subject: Vermont wants a constitutional convention to overturn Citizen's United
To: Rob Shattuck <>

Vermont became the first state to call for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.
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Dear Rob Shattuck,
Vermont just became the first state to call for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to reverse Citizen's United and get money out of politics.

Right now, a dozen more states are considering similar resolutions, and we need 34 of them to trigger a convention. Vermont's amazing victory will only have meaning if we can keep the ball rolling in the next states — but if we can, we can save the electoral process and bring back the days of free, equal votes!Please, join us in calling on California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, Colorado, Oregon and Montana to call for a convention too, and help overturn one of the Supreme Court's biggest mistakes!

PETITION TO STATE LEGISLATURES: We call on you to stop the flood of money corrupting politics and call for a convention to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizen's United decision.

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